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Jacob Kane

Career Path: Senior Financial Consultant, EY
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

After leaving Northumbria University, I found that I really did not know what to do moving forward. I have always enjoyed finance, and managed to take a lot away from the financial mathematics module in my final year, so originally decided to go into mortgages, protection insurance and pensions. I stayed for around 1 year, obtained further financial qualifications in this role, but decided that the strong pressure of sales was not what I wanted so I left with the aim of staying within finance, but finding something more interesting.I ended up being drawn to EY for the challenge of the work they were carrying out in the North East.

I still work for EY, but am contracted out to the Proctor & Gamble shared service centre in Newcastle Cobalt Business Park, and have worked a number of projects over the last 2 years. Last year we concluded a deal in which we divested 43 brands for P&G, for a total of $13.5bn, which was the biggest deal of its kind due to how we ran the deal.

What are you doing now?Jacob Kane

I am now working on a global project where I am Joint Project Manager, running a team of service managers. Alongside this, I am set to get married to Chloe Smith, who I met at Northumbria University, also studying Maths.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Northumbria appealed to me mainly because of the course it had to offer, most universities I attended open days for either had some mandatory courses which I had no interest in studying, such as historical maths. I also wanted to be somewhere where the campus was close to a lively city, full of friendly people.

What was it like studying at Northumbria? 

I absolutely loved Northumbria University, the way in which content was delivered managed to keep each lecture feeling fresh, engaging and very interesting. It felt like each lecturer genuinely cared about teaching something which had real world applications as opposed to following a text book and teaching things for the sake of it. Having a range of individual pieces of work, as well as group tasks meant that you got to work with people you usually wouldn't, which pushed you into friendships which still remain now. Following each piece of work, the lecturers made sure to explain how something should have been completed, and were always on hand if you didn't understand something and needed some extra time with them.

What was the best thing about your course?

I was a huge fan of dynamical systems. I really enjoyed how the lecturers were so passionate and set so much time aside outside of the lectures to help with what is a very difficult but interesting subject.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Northumbria provided me with knowledge which was applicable to real world situations, as well as having lots of career fairs where you could speak with people in different industries.

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Problem solving is the best example. I work within Financial Solutions meaning that within the projects I work, I have to look at what problems we could face and how what the solution should be.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I thoroughly enjoyed the social aspects. We regularly had maths nights out, which a lot of people chose to attend, and was good to meet more people from the course which you normally wouldn't have met.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Your time at university will fly by, far quicker than you think. Make the most of the experience, be prepared to meet new people who are outside of your normal friendship groups and don't forget to have fun along the way.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Challenging, inspiring and amazing.

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